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‘She Will Be Greatly Missed’ – Buhari Mourns First Female VC, Alele-Williams


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President Muhammadu Buhari has described the death of the former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), Prof. Grace Alele-Williams, as a loss to the nation.

The Nigerian leader stated that the renowned mathematician will be greatly missed by Nigerians and those who have come in contact with her.

Buhari condoled with the family of Alele-Williams, colleagues, friends and associates all over the world.

Naija News reports that Alele-Williams, the first female Vice-Chancellor in Nigeria, died on Friday at the age of 89 at an undisclosed hospital in Lagos State.

In a statement on Saturday by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, President Buhari said Alele-Williams’ achievement in education and administration opened doors for many women in Nigeria, Africa and the black race.

Buhari commended the late professor for being the first female to obtain a doctorate degree in Nigeria in1963, and the first female VC of the University of Benin in 1985.

The President said her achievement had continued to inspire a generation who have found their passion and voice in research, teaching and lifting the nation with ideas, especially in science and technology.

Buhari believed the scholar’s brilliance and outstanding character reflected in every opportunity and position she served, particularly playing a major role in the educational development of the country, and serving as a consultant to many international institutions, including UNESCO.

The President said the entire country would sorely miss the scholar, and cherish the memories of her diligence, discipline and refreshing candour.

Buhari prayed for a peaceful rest for the soul of the departed, and God’s comforting arms over her loved ones.